In a move that should bolster the state's chances of getting federal school reform dollars, the California State Board of Education approved common national academic standards.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the board's unanimous vote Monday, saying the standard's "maintain California's high expectations and our belief that every student is capable of success in the classroom."
Critics worried the common standards weren't as stringent as California's framework.
The board also voted to direct the state Education Department to create an implementation plan.